Retracing the Anglo Indian artist Lancelot Ribeiro

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Retracing the Anglo Indian artist Lancelot Ribeiro


Fri, 28/10/2016 - 10:54


Untitled (Townscape) 1964
Untitled (Townscape) 1964
27 October, 2016

SOME £98,400 Heritage Lottery Fund money has been awarded for a project to look at the cultural and artistic heritage of the Camden artist Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010).

Born in Mumbai, to a Catholic family from Goa, “Lance” was one of the most original of the Indian artists to settle in postwar Britain. 

From 1962 he worked out of Belsize Park and was influential in groups such as the Indian Painters Collective and Indian Artists UK.

A new exhibition of his work opened at Burgh House this week, marking the launch of a year-long programme, part of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture. 

Running the project is the artist’s daughter, Marsha Ribeiro, who this week thanked Heritage Lottery for funding the initiative which will see a number of collaborations including the British Museum’s, “Remembering Lancelot Ribeiro and other Indian Artists in 1960s Britain” on November 6, during Asian Art in London week, and a Ribeiro evening at the V&A. Central Saint Martins and the V&A will run a series of creative learning sessions and oral history workshops, to engage audiences with the artist’s life and work and a film and website will highlight archival material and interviews. 

Part of the archive features in the Burgh House exhibition, which has a small selection of paintings by Ribeiro, at the centre of which is a limited series of late watercolours. Marsha said: “The launch of this project at Burgh House has a particu­lar poignancy for me, as it retraces an initiative my father had coined in 1980 when he sought to bring a taste of the visual and literary arts from India to the house. As Hampstead has long been a cherished home to our family, it is fitting that this distinct series of watercolours, having been inspired by Hamp­stead Heath, should be unveiled in this exhibition after many years of hav­ing lain hidden from public view.”

And, on a more personal note about her childhood and her father’s artistic practice, Marsha notes: “Despite chaos everywhere, his materials were meticulously kept and the lingering sense of growing up in his studio has never left me.”

Retracing Ribeiro, until March 19, Burgh House, New End Square, NW3.

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